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NEW YORK II: BEAT OF THE BOROUGHS

Head to New York City with American Routes as we search out the beat of the boroughs. Sit in with Seleno Clarke as he hosts a Sunday night Hammond B-3 organ jam at the Harlem American Legion Hall. Pick and grin downtown in Washington Square Park as country comes to the city for a reunion of bluegrass musicians from the 1950s and 60s. Then it’s up to the South Bronx to trace Latin music from Mambo to Hip-Hop. Plus music from and about the city from John Coltrane, Bob Dylan and other musicians that called New York home.

AMERICAN ROUTES AT THE MOVIES, STARRING JOHN WATERS AND LES BLANK

Cut a rug on the red carpet with two filmmakers who always put music in a starring role. Director of Pink Flamingos, Hairspray, Cry-Baby and many more, John Waters joins us to talk about his obsession with 1950’s R&B and rock. Documentarian Les Blank recalls working with American Routes marquee names Lightnin’ Hopkins, Clifton Chenier and Dizzy Gillespie.

SOUTHERN MEN OF SONG: JIMMY MARTIN AND PERCY SLEDGE

Working class, self-styled and always opinionated, the late King of Bluegrass Jimmy Martin talks guitar-picking, hunting dogs and the Opry. And singer of songs Percy Sledge recalls going from hospital orderly to Atlantic Records soul singer with “When a Man Loves a Woman.”

SONG MEN FOR ALL SEASONS: LOUDON WAINWRIGHT III & DRINK SMALL

Singer-songwriter Loudon Wainwright III walks us through his long career that began in the ’60s folk scene. Also, a live set from the South Carolina Blues Doctor Drink Small.

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